Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Magazines for the Home

What happened to Better Homes and Gardens and Good Housekeeping. They really don't have much to do with their titles anymore, especially Good Housekeeping. Better Homes and Gardens caters to a more wealthy crowd and you need to live near several expensive specialty food stores in order to cook most of their recipes. Good Housekeeping is full of celebrity gossip and advice that seems to apply more to the modernist career woman rather than a woman who is a keeper of her home.

Where are the ironing tips? Where are the decorating on a real budget (not $25,000 for a kitchen)?

I don't get either of those magazines, though I sometimes receive previously read copies. I do get Cottage Living, which is quickly joining the ranks of other "home and garden" magazines where the average person can't afford to even think about such renovations and decorating. Besides, they're on this "subway tile" kick. To top it off, most of the time the "cottages" they feature have well over 2,000 square feet of living space! I thought cottages were cute and small and realistic, not 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms! I do like their gardening ideas, though.

Since we're obviously sorely lacking in realistic housekeeping magazines, I visit Christian housekeeping blogs. They offer great, real world advice. Do you have a housekeeping blog of your own or some you enjoy visiting? If so, please share them in the comments section.


Amanda said...

I feel your magazine-related pain! I WANT to like BH&G and Good Housekeeping, but I just don't. BH&G is exactly what you said--it caters to the wealthy. Their recipes are designed more for the people who cook recreationally, not for those of us who cook to eat.

Good Housekeeping...I'm not sure what audience they're catering to. But there is certainly nothing in it about housekeeping. I look at the old, circa 1950s housekeeping magazines and sigh longingly. How I would love something like that today!

Frazikat said...

Another thing about the BH&G magazine is the homosexual couples that they feature regularly. Look closer at the homes and gardens featured in each issue. It will picture a man in front of his home and then go on to talk about his partner (who is male) and how they made their home like it is. For that reason alone I no longer even read that magazine. And each and every issue has at least one homosexual couple featured. Sad commentary on the times we live in.
Kathy F.

Dawn said...

Believe it or not, I have not actually read either of those magazines. Just was never interested in it.

Do you subscribe to the Keepers at Home magazine put out by the Old Order Amish in Ohio? Now that, is an awesome homemaking magazine!

The best way to find some good homemaking blogs is just to do a blog search on the words 'Christian homemaking' or 'Christian homemaker'. All kinds of great ones will pop up!

God Bless You! Have a safe weekend!